September 21, 2004 marked the first donation to the archives of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO). The archives center is housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen, Finland which is also the home of the CIA member, the Finnish Accordion Association, and the office of the CIA General Secretary Kimmo Mattila.
The archives will collect all materials pertaining to the CIA such as all former Test Pieces, program books, information such as recordings and bios from all CIA winners, Merit and Honored Friend award recipients, Press coverage, mark sheets and results from previous competitions and much more.
Opened at the conclusion of the CIA's 70th Anniversary Celebration year (2005-2006), the CIA archives enables an unique opportunity to put together in one place, the rich history of our international organization, as well as the history of the accordion in each of our member countries.
CIA President Kevin Friedrich traveled to Finland to make the first official donation to the archives. Pictured to the right are CIA President Kevin Friedrich (right) presenting the first donation to Kimmo Mattlia, President of the Finnish Accordion Association. This first donation of many CIA Test Piece scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc, the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The president of the firm Mrs. Faithe Deffner is a long time friend of the CIA and has been a United States delegate to the CIA for more than 30 years.
Anyone interested in donating material pertaining to the CIA Archives is invited to do so, by sending the material to:
CIA Archives – Hanuritalo
Tel: 358 3 4400221
Fax: 358 3 4509071
Material might include program books, copy of test pieces, newspaper articles, subsequent solo recordings, tickets from functions, mark/score sheets, copies of pictures from the Coupe Mondiale and any other items that will help document and preserve the history of this 70 year old organization. It should be noted the customs form on items being shipped to the CIA Archives in Finland, that the material is ‘used, historical material’ being donated to the archives.
The CIA Archives were officially opened during an International Press Conference on Friday, 24 February, 2006 at the 2006 Winter Congress in Ikaalinen, where CIA officials took part in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Background to the CIA Archive Center:
The CIA voted to establish the archive center of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) in Ikaalinen, Finland at the facility of the Finnish Accordion Institute and Finnish Accordion Association. The Finnish Accordion Institute and Finnish Accordion Association are housed in a large multi story building in Ikaalinen, Finland and have kindly agreed to house our CIA records and offer a perfect facility for our archive collection.This Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen, Finland will house the archives the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA). This records center shall house all materials pertaining to the CIA for either short-term and permanent storage.
The records center is not designed to be used for the storage of current files, that is, those that are consulted several times a year in the normal course of business. It is anticipated that these files will be housed with the General Secretary, until such time as they can be turned over to the archive center. The CIA would retain ownership of the records and materials housed in Ikaalinen, Finland.
The Archives might include, but is not limited to the following information pertaining to the CIA History:
Presidents (years of office)
- Vice Presidents (years of office)
- Honorary Vice Presidents ((years of office)
- General Secretary (years of office)
- Treasurer (years of office)
- Founding Nations
- Name and history/details of Member Nations
- Year joined/resigned (if applicable)
Minutes of General Assemblies
- 1st Meeting minutes
- General Assembly Minutes
- Admission to International Music Council
- Details on IMC General Assembly/CIA
- News from Host Nations pertaining to the CIA and Coupe Mondiale. Newspaper clippings, TV coverage, National Association Publications etc…
CIA Coupe Mondiale Winners
- Coupe Mondiale
- Junior Coupe Mondiale
- Virtuoso Entertainment
- Junior Virtuoso Entertainment
- International Piano Accordion
- International Chamber Music
- Junior Tape Recording Competition
- Pop Competition
- Recordings (obtain copies of all winners recordings)
- Copy of Test Pieces (multiple copies, one for archives, one for potential travelling display)
- Composer Bio/ Composer Picture
Program Guide Book
- Collect all Program Books from Coupe Mondiale (multiple copies, one for archives, one for potential travelling display)
- Programs for Coupe, Junior Coupe etc…
- Members of Jury Panels information
- Interviews with Past Presidents/officers/winners for historical purposes
CIA Merit/Honored Friend Award Recipients
Getting to Ikaalinen, Finland: Ikaalinen is located approximately four (4) hours drive/train/bus from Helsinki or one (1) hour from Tampere. There are excellent connections to Ikaalinen from both Helsinki and Tampere.